|Rob Lowe as||Sam (Samuel Norman) Seaborn||Deputy Communications Director|
|Moira Kelly as||Mandy (Madeline) Hampton||Public Relations Consultant|
|Dulé Hill as||Charlie (Charles) Young||Personal Aide to the President|
|Allison Janney as||C.J. (Claudia Jean) Cregg||Press Secretary|
|Richard Schiff as||Toby (Tobias Zachary) Ziegler||Communications Director|
|John Spencer as||Leo Thomas McGarry||Chief of Staff|
|Bradley Whitford as||Josh (Joshua) Lyman||Deputy Chief of Staff|
Martin Sheen as
|Jed (Josiah Edward) Bartlet||President of the United States|
|Special Guest Star
Marlee Matlin as
|Joey (Josephine) Lucas||Pollster|
|Timothy Busfield as||Danny (Daniel) Concannon||(Washington Post) Reporter|
|John de Lancie as||Al Kiefer||Pollster|
|Janel Moloney as||Donna (Donnatella) Moss||Assistant to Deputy Chief of Staff|
|Suzy Nakamura as||Cathy||Assistant to Deputy Communications Director|
|Bruce Weitz as||Senator||Senate Majority Leader|
|Kathleen York as||Rep. Andy (Andrea) Wyatt||Congresswoman|
|Bill O'Brien as||Kenny Thurman||Sign Language Interpreter|
|Paul Provenza as||Steve Onorato||Works for Senate Majority Leader|
|Kathryn Joosten as||Mrs. Landingham||President's Secretary /
Delores (first name)
|NiCole Robinson as||Margaret||Hooper (last name) /
Assistant to Chief of Staff
|Chris Conner as||Jack||Reporter|
|Melissa Fitzgerald as||Carol||Fitzpatrick (last name)
Assistant to the Press Secretary
|Kris Murphy as||Katie||Witt (last name) / Reporter|
|Kim Webster as||Ginger||Assistant to Communications Director|
|Devika Parikh as||Bonnie||Communications' Aide|
|Charles Noland as||Steve||Reporter|
|Mindy Seeger as||Chris||Reporter|
|J.P. Stevenson as||Jonathan||Reporter|
|Diana Morgan as||Jesse||Reporter|
|Michael Luckerman as||Aide #1||Stuart|
|Paul Ehrmann as||Aide #2||Dick|
|Diane Nadeau as||Aide||Works for Senate Majority Leader|
|Karolyn Nishioka as||Waitress||Celia|
"They wanted to know my opinion on who they ought to cast . . . and they said it would be either Arnold Schwarzenegger or Woody Allen. Now, which do you think I picked?"
-- House Majority Whip Tom DeLay yesterday, telling a National Press Club audience, including The Post's Juliet Eilperin, about NBC's plans to put a DeLay-like character on The West Wing.
"The Reliable Source"
by Lloyd Grove with Beth Berselli
May 5, 2000
Sorkin needs only to point to the night Sheen delivered a rousing speech to a banquet room filled with gussied-up extras - for 11 heady takes. "He kept saying, 'Let's do it one more time."'
"Hail to the Chief of The West Wing"
by Frazier Moore
May 8, 2000
An unseen yet key character on recent episodes of NBC's The West Wing has been a woman named Patricia (second reference Patty) Calhoun, President Josiah Bartlet's (Martin Sheen) nominee for the Federal Election Commission.
Bartlet wants Calhoun on the commission because she'd be a key supporter of campaign finance reform.
Denver, of course, has a notable Patricia (Patty) Calhoun, the editor of Westword.
So did The West Wing use the name Patty Calhoun out of familiarity? Co-producer John Wells is a Denver native, and Aaron Sorkin, the series' creator and head writer recently was featured in an article in the journalism monthly, Brill's Content, as was Calhoun.
An NBC spokesman called the naming of The West Wing character "a remarkable coincidence."
So what would Denver's Patty Calhoun do if she were appointed to the Federal Election Commission?
"I would condense the presidential campaign to about a day," Calhoun says, adding that she'd also advocate some sort of televised, winner-take-all mud-wrestling event, with advertising revenues going to a worthy cause.
"Channel 9 studies 10 p.m. audience loss"
by Dusty Saunders
May 15, 2000
Rocky Mountain News
The biggest endorsement for "West Wing" as civics lesson may have come from Robert Stutman, a former Drug Enforcement Administration agent who participated in a PBS panel this summer for the "Frontline" special "Drug Wars." "The most intelligent discussion I've heard among politicians concerning the drug issue ... was on 'The West Wing,' and it was President Josiah Bartlet," Stutman volunteered.
"Hail to "The West Wing""
by Gail Pennington
October 4, 2000
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The actor [Richard Schiff] created his own back story for Toby. He even had the character wearing a wedding ring -- which Sorkin and fellow executive producer Thomas Schlamme failed to notice until about the eighth episode. "They came up to me and said, 'Are you [Toby] married?' And I said, 'No.' And they said, 'Well, why are you wearing the wedding ring?' I explained that it was a private thing. They said, 'Good, because we want to give him an ex-wife.'
"I said, 'I think Toby has more than one ex-wife.' The ring -- I had always imagined that his first wife had died, which accounts for his sadness, and why someone would devote himself to public service and be so singular about it." Schiff laughs. "But then, Aaron and Tommy threw that right out the window."Last season, Toby's ex-wife, a congresswoman, turned up. Schiff doesn't know if she'll be back, but Sorkin would like to "bring a female into my life," he says. "...I love that his personal life is not open to the public. He seems to me such a private individual."
"'West Wing' player keeps a cool head"
by Virginia Rohan
October 4, 2000
"We [she and Toby] do have some similarities," though, she said. "We're both big Yankee fans." - Loretta Ucelli [former White House communications director for President Clinton]
"'West Wing' not unlike real thing?"
by Bob Deans
October 4, 2000